Beowulf (12A)

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Time Out says

Posted: Mon Nov 12 2007

‘Bollocks! Give me a gobble, then!’ This sample dialogue is typical of the many miscalculations made in Robert Zemeckis’ tediously protracted, mis-judged and puerile animated adaptation of ‘Beowulf’. It’s evident from the script – by British-born graphic novelist Neil Gaiman and Tarantino’s one-time collaborator Roger Avary – that it wasn’t the power and beauty of the language of our great eponymous, anonymous eighth-century Old English epic encomium that attracted the filmmakers. Nor, indeed, was it the work’s insight into pre-Anglo-Saxon history, as Anthony Hopkins’ Welsh-accented kinsmen and the snowbound mountain castles of table-flat Denmark bear eloquent witness. But even as a mere convenient launchpad for some vertiginous, 3D-assisted, man-on-beast heroics located in the eternally-adolescent gothic/fantasy/horror comic-book tradition, it seems an irrelevance.

Part of the problem is the animation technology itself. In re-animating the actors’ performances, ‘enhanced motion capture’ (the technique Zemeckis adopted with ‘The Polar Express’) makes of them creepier spectres than the creatures by which they are often surrounded. Thus, however gloopy and cadaverous the 20ft Grendel (voiced by ‘crazy’ Crispin Glover) appears or how unexpected we find the swoops of the fire-breathing dragon (non-Equity) and how bizarre the serpents-tailed Goldfinger babe presented by his protean mother (Angelina Jolie), none of them can compete with the sheer, unsettling oddity of the humans, with their milky-blind eyes. This applies especially to our hero, Beowulf, beneath whose glistening, highly sexualised , often naked rejuvenated body and bulging, leather-bound musculature lies the just-detectable face and movements of dear old Ray Winstone. The final, kinetic aerial battle scenes are eye-poppingly spectacular – especially in the 3D IMAX-version under review – but they come way too late to save the film.

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12A

UK release:

Fri Nov 16, 2007

Duration:

113 mins

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anna greening

Totally gobsmacked at the 12 rating. The violence and the sexual references were appalling. I also don't understand the point of animation trying to be so realistic! The film may just as well have used the real actors (although maybe not our 'Ray'! as Beowulf !) and CGI for Grendel, dragons etc. Yes this technology is great for films like 'Shrek' and 'Monsters Inc.' but they don't quite seem to be there yet with people. I find that they look as if they've used the same orthodontist as they all have perfect identical teeth and their top lips never seem to move.

pete &#039;the feet&#039;

This is a cracking film, even on DVD without the 3D effects. The actors do a brilliant job, as do the animators. I can't belive I keep reading 'the eyes of the characters were dead'. This is a developing technology; I just didn't get that 'the characters are creepy' vibe. This is a brilliant film and I can't believe that opinion is so didvided.

pete &#039;the feet&#039;

This is a cracking film, even on DVD without the 3D effects. The actors do a brilliant job, as do the animators. I can't belive I keep reading 'the eyes of the characters were dead'. This is a developing technology; I just didn't get that 'the characters are creepy' vibe. This is a brilliant film and I can't believe that opinion is so didvided.

Andy S

Fantastic....watched it last night on dvd and was very impressed and thrilled, especially the dragon sequence. Hopkins is superb, along with Brendon Gleeson and of course Big Boy Winstone as the flawed hero. Not overly impressed with Jolie though, and it might drag for younger viewers, but well worth buying for £3 on dvd at HMV!!!

Andy S

Fantastic....watched it last night on dvd and was very impressed and thrilled, especially the dragon sequence. Hopkins is superb, along with Brendon Gleeson and of course Big Boy Winstone as the flawed hero. Not overly impressed with Jolie though, and it might drag for younger viewers, but well worth buying for £3 on dvd at HMV!!!

Hayley

i think it was a good idea making an animated version for the little kids who can't see the real film because it's 15+

Hayley

i think it was a good idea making an animated version for the little kids who can't see the real film because it's 15+

Silvia

Has to be said that this was entertaining crap. Watched the whole thing thinking "hang on, that wasn't in the book!". I'm going to dig the book out of the loft and re-read it just so the saga remains as it should be in my mind. As animations go it was a good piece but the eyes are the windows to the soul, And the characters eyes were souless rendering the characters with a lifeless aire. Still impressive though, especially the last scenes with the dragon. Has to be Sean Bean's body or maybe Ray Winston as he see himself. Magic mirror anyone?

Ms Ms

I hated this film!!! I was so looking forward to an incredible epic film based on an epic poem from proud English history, and yeah, the graphics were cool and new, some fight scenes were engaging BUT OH MY GOD could the script be any more cringe-worthy?? I hated the way they changed the story - Beowulf was meant to be an honourable hero. With all the money put into this and the amazing cast, I think they missed a fantastic opportunity to blow us away. Yeah yeah, amazing 3D and all that, but the plot, characters, script was as 2D as the early Simpsons episodes. No, that's too much of a compliment.

suzie

Just awfeul. How could such famous actors take part in such a fiasco? The whole thing was a mish-mash of themes borrowed from other stories.. The language, story and acting were atrocious, with a couple of minor exceptions, viz. Jolie and one other whose name escaped me. But we can only thank the directors for the dreadful acting, as the stars have proved their abilities in many other ways. Cannot recommend it. Has set Beowulf-studies back by decades.

Darkflux

The CGI for me was a load of rubbish and so too was most of the film. Only the end fight against the dragon was worth watching.

ypul

3D!!!! This is an excellent movie with 3D experience. watch in 3D version only!.....Its amazing!

ypul

3D!!!! This is an excellent movie with 3D experience. watch in 3D version only!.....Its amazing!

Mr D

Absolutely amazing! More than the anything, even the graphics, the plot is unbelievable! There's an unexpected twist you would never think of! The soundtrack is also great! More so Beowulf reminds me of my dad, he's that kool!!!

Mr D

Absolutely amazing! More than the anything, even the graphics, the plot is unbelievable! There's an unexpected twist you would never think of! The soundtrack is also great! More so Beowulf reminds me of my dad, he's that kool!!!

Alistair

The film was amazing. GO AND SEE IT NOW!!!!!!! If you like historical classics this will be your favourite film of all time

Alistair

The film was amazing. GO AND SEE IT NOW!!!!!!! If you like historical classics this will be your favourite film of all time

ANN

When i'd settled into the film i enjoyed it. The rating was way off this film should have at least been 15

Shahid

Watch this movie at the IMAX (I think theres only one in London)....Its a much better movie...awesome effects in 3D and you have to jump back...

Shahid

Watch this movie at the IMAX (I think theres only one in London)....Its a much better movie...awesome effects in 3D and you have to jump back...

Mr X

The guy who was second to Beowulf (the big hairy one) looks like the animated version of William Wallace's partner in crime in Breveheart (Fucking ace film) the big ginger one.

Mr X

The guy who was second to Beowulf (the big hairy one) looks like the animated version of William Wallace's partner in crime in Breveheart (Fucking ace film) the big ginger one.

loz

this is the best film ever got my bf jumping lol i love it. very very good

loz

this is the best film ever got my bf jumping lol i love it. very very good

javi

i saw this movie just for the 3d curiosity and is really good this is great movie i am goin to see with my girl friend

javi

i saw this movie just for the 3d curiosity and is really good this is great movie i am goin to see with my girl friend

ian

i am going to watch the film today and i cant wait to see it i think its the best film ever made accsept harry potter

ian

i am going to watch the film today and i cant wait to see it i think its the best film ever made accsept harry potter

rushy

too much for a12 year old should have been 15 rating, very good film for older ones

Clare Bear

Its a must see movie its exelant you will be laughing your heads off at the end if you are not happy at the moment then go see this movie it will make you feel that you are with the stars (it made me feel better about my boyfriend dumping me)it is VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Clare Bear

Its a must see movie its exelant you will be laughing your heads off at the end if you are not happy at the moment then go see this movie it will make you feel that you are with the stars (it made me feel better about my boyfriend dumping me)it is VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Clare Bear

VERY VERY VERY VERY good film it is VERY funny and you will enjoy it pick this film it is THE BEST!!!!!!

Clare Bear

VERY VERY VERY VERY good film it is VERY funny and you will enjoy it pick this film it is THE BEST!!!!!!

Eric Smith

Average Hollywood film. 3D effects very good. Not suitable for children - should be a 15 or higher rating. I would advise responsible parents not to take younger children.

Jim

The 3D saved it... oh, and Angelina Jolie covered in gold. Good perfomances from Hoplins and Malkovich. Otherwise, a pretty dumb film.

pip

Excellent Movie! Saw this in Wimbledon in 3D. The film is a tad gory but I was fine. Lots of female nudity and man-butt, but it wasn't that bad. Can't wait to see it again at the almighty IMAX. Probably one of the best films of the year.

pip

Excellent Movie! Saw this in Wimbledon in 3D. The film is a tad gory but I was fine. Lots of female nudity and man-butt, but it wasn't that bad. Can't wait to see it again at the almighty IMAX. Probably one of the best films of the year.

Ruth Wright

Loved the film although it was quite shocking in places and much too gruesome for a 12 year old. The part where Grendel bites off the arm of a Geat was really gory.

Ruth Wright

Loved the film although it was quite shocking in places and much too gruesome for a 12 year old. The part where Grendel bites off the arm of a Geat was really gory.

Karen

Love this film! Cant wait till the DVD comes out. I took my kids to see it (11 and 12) and whilst I agree with some comments (a bit gorey and scary) I thought it no worse than Harry Potter. Valdemort's sinister goings on are much worse. Both my children absolutely loved it my daughter said it was the best film she had ever seen! I hope the alarmist comments wont put people off, a great film with superb special effects, fantastic!

Karen

Love this film! Cant wait till the DVD comes out. I took my kids to see it (11 and 12) and whilst I agree with some comments (a bit gorey and scary) I thought it no worse than Harry Potter. Valdemort's sinister goings on are much worse. Both my children absolutely loved it my daughter said it was the best film she had ever seen! I hope the alarmist comments wont put people off, a great film with superb special effects, fantastic!

Ben

this movie is one of the most grusome movie i have ever seen and heard about

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